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Urn Plant

English Name

Aechmea Fasciata

Scientific Name

Description

Aechmea fasciata comes from humid tropical areas and is the best known bromeliad. It flowers from mid Summer through Winter.

Brazil

Origin

Bromeliaceae

Family

54°F - 81°F

Temperature (°F)

Maximum: 1'6"

Height (feet/inches)

Perennial

Life Cycle

None

Fragrance

Color

Watering

Fill center funnel with soft water, allow excess to trickle into soil. Soil should be just moist and not soggy. Rain water is best. Empty funnel and change water every 3 weeks.

Feeding

Feed with standard liquid fertilizer at half strength once every month in Summer.

Repotting

Re-pot in Spring. When plant dies or becoming shrivelled, remove offset shoots from base carefully retaining some root when about one third the size of the parent plant. Pot up individually into 13 cm pots. They will not need re-potting again.

Propagation

Some growers prefer not to remove offsets for propagation, but to make room for the new rosettes to grow in the original pot. Using a sharp knife cut the old rosette at the lowest possible when it has become shrivelled.

Cultivation

The plant needs good light for flowering. When flower spike has died cut the stem at base with secateurs.

Tips

If flower bud is not formed after 18 months when the plant was bought, cover the plant with a polythene bag for 4 weeks enclosing a rotten apple core.

Decorate

Along with other bromeliads Aechmeas look attractive on an epiphyte branch.

Humidity

Pots should be stood on trays of moist pebbles.

Soil

Peat-based compost.



Did you know?

Watering is necessary when transplanting, but be careful not to over water.